Hi all. I am new to the forum. I had my gb out last Tuesday. I had my first attack back in August. Before that, after I ate, I would have a pain in my left side under my rib (I know, wrong side) and then have to run to the bathroom. Then in August, I had a terrible gb attack. They continued until October when I went to the ER. I asked them to do an US because I knew it was my gb. They did and it was one stone, about
1 1/2 centimeter in size. They blew my vein in my arm so bad with the IV, that I freaked and decided to leave without surgery. The dr on call tried telling me that my left side hurting and the getting d after eating was called "dumping syndrome" and something you get AFTER your gb is out. I tried the Gall Cleanse dissolving aids. They just made the d worse. Mainly the menthol pill.
The attacks kept getting worse, I was just too scared to get it out though. I read all about the problems that could occur afterwards. That and the fact that last year, hubby got sick with stomack flu symptoms, after 5 weeks of misdiagnosis and losing 45 pounds, another hospital diagnosed him with advanced colon cancer. Surgery to remove a 'small' tumor ended in him having about 1/2 of his colon removed and a colostomy. It was so bad the surgeon was crying when he told me about it. :(
So needless to say, I was scared silly to go to surgery. The attacks came more and more and it was to the point every other night I had major attacks and during the day, I would still be in pain between them. I have a high pain tolerance but last Sunday, I thought I was going to die it hurt so bad. I had made an appointment for a consultation with a surgeon to discuss alternatives this past Friday but after the attack on Sunday, I knew that I couldn't wait that long. Monday, I was sick, Tuesday morning at 2:30 am, another terrible attack. I woke hubby and he took me to the ER. The guy there said they won't do a surgery from an ER admit usually. They would reschedule me. Wrong, the surgeon said to bring me up. I was so scared, I told the prep nurse, I wasn't sure I was going through with it, I had several questions. She was really nice and answered them all. Then the surgeon came in and answered them. He said that was wrong about the dumping syndrome.
So, the surgery took twice as long as expected. Afterwards, the surgeon talks to hubby and tells him, I wouldn't have made it another week. The gb would have ruptured. That I really should have had this done in October. He had to dig and dig to get it out and almost wasn't able. I am guessing the next step would have been open surgery instead of lap. I have read gb rupturing is very rare so I'm guessing I was in pretty bad shape. The stone had doubled in size since October.
Anyway, sorry for the book. I was concerned because everyone I know is like I should be fine in 3 days. Everyone that said they had it, swears they were fine in 3 days. My Sister in laws' stepdad had it same day as me and was driving in 3 days! Talk about a complex. I had it Tuesday, was constipated and on vicodin for pain which I know can cause it. Then Friday started bad cramps and D. Same on Sat and today (sunday). My incision sites are getting better as I can get up and down easier than I was. I had called and asked the dr office about the pain on Wed and she said to double the vicodin to control the pain and add 3 ibuprofen every 8 hours. Now I am trying to wean off the pain meds, but I still have a pain where my gb was. It aches like the onset of an attack even through to my back. Hubby says it's because the dr had such trouble getting it out, pried and dug a lot, so it's expected. I am wondering why I am still in pain when the rest of the world is over it in 3 days. Also, today, cramping, sweats and d after I eat. Easy stuff such as poptarts or a sandwich or even just a pina coloda snocone. Then at supper, I had chicken alfredo and no d. Should I try the calcium or give my body a few more days to see if it adjusts? How long till this pain goes away where there is no gb? I guess I'm just depressed I am not recuperating as quickly as most seem to.
Thanks for getting through my book and sorry it's so long! :(